This 1939 Cutaway Diagram Shows the Anatomy of a Leica Camera


When the Leica camera was born in the early 1900s, it was the first practical 35mm camera to use standard 35mm cinema film. In 1930, Leica introduced the Leica I Schraubgewinde, which used an interchangeable lens system based on the Leica LTM (Leica Thread Mount) 39mm screw thread.

Want a peek of the inner workings of Leica’s early LTM camera? Today’s your lucky day.

In its September 1939 issue, the publication The Cine-Technician published an interesting cutaway diagram of the Leica camera. Along with a Hektor lens, the illustration shows the guts of the camera and the main components that make up the revolutionary photo-making device.